7:30 – 8:00  Registration and Breakfast

8:00 – 9:50  Plenary Session

8:00 – 8:20  Opening Remarks – Dr. Chanta Haywood, Interim Vice President of External Affairs and Executive Director for the FVSU Foundation

8:20 – 8:40  Welcome – Dr. Paul Jones, President of Fort Valley State University

8:40 – 8:50  Acknowledgement of the 2015 Researcher of the Year Award Winner Young Park – Lisa Wilson

8:50 – 9:00 Introduction of the Key Speaker – Young Park – 2016 Fort Valley State University “Researcher of the Year”

9:00 – 9:50 Keynote Speaker – John Watson, USAID Minority Serving Program Coordinator

9:50 – 11:50 Break-out sessions

Track A

Presenter – Ashok Hegde


Explore NIH | Programs, Science and Strategies.


This session will use National Institutes of Health activity codes (e.g. R01, R21, etc) to introduce a variety of grant, cooperative agreement and contract funding opportunities.  Participants will learn from a seasoned NIH award-winner and peer reviewer best practices, dos and don’ts of developing relevant, high scientific caliber, public health proposals that align with NIH priorities.

Track B

Presenter – Robin Lewis


Grant Writing 101 | Drafting a Competitive Submission. Part I.


This interactive session will use Grants.gov website to demonstrate who makes federal grants, how to search for funding opportunities, what agencies fund and don’t fund, and how to analyze a funding announcement and how to decide whether or not to apply. Participants will also learn basic grant vocabulary, where to look for non-federal funding opportunities, create a prospect list and the key elements of a winning proposal, budget and budget narrative.


Presenter – Will Kay

Two one hour sessions

9:50-10:50  Dr. Kar, Juone Brown, and Brenner

10:50-11:50 Individual Grant Seeking Consultation

Sessions scheduled with individuals seeking support for grant seeking activity can include assistance with identifying appropriate funders, tips for aligning proposals with funding opportunities, and guidance on strategies for seeking external support.

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

12:20 – 12:55 Evaluating Proposals | A Panel Discussion on the Peer Review Process

New and seasoned reviewers’ will discuss the peer reviewer process for a variety of federal agency programs. Participants will gain insight into the peer reviewer’s role, the various levels of reviews in the process, reviewer challenges, scoring, and ranking and how recommendations for funding are determined. Learn tips and tricks from NIH, NSF, Fulbright and DoEd reviewers on how maximize your score.

1:00 – 2:30 General Session

General Session 1:00 – 2:30

Robin Lewis


Grant Writing 101 – Competitive Submissions and the Grant Life Cycle | Part II


This session is a continuation of the morning session. Now with an understanding of the basics, this session will drill down into how to develop a concept paper, logic models, and budget justifications. Participants will learn the importance of working with colleagues, public and private partners, and how to secure supporting documentation such as letters of commitment, MOUs, SOW. Participants will learn how to submit a proposal to the OSP, what to do if awarded and what to do if not.

2:30 – 3:30 Breakout Session

Track A

Jason Guilbeault


Talking Compliance with Real Case Studies | International Travel and Export Controls


This session will use real audit findings from various universities to discuss key compliance topics, such as cost allowability and export controls. You will learn about the red flags that auditors look for and how to protect your university from potential findings.

Track B

Linda Meier


Navigating Grants.gov Application Package


This interactive session will use Grants.gov to demonstrate the registration process, review the application instructions, complete and successfully submit a federal grant application package. Participants will also learn how to find and download the grant application package and instructions, how to complete the 424 form, how to collaborate using the new Grants.gov collaborative application tool, Workspace and how to submit the final application package to Grants.gov.Presenter – Robin Lewis


General Session 3:30 – 4:30

Will Kay



Defined and in Action: Goal Setting in the Grant Seeking Context


This presentation will define and elaborate on SMART goals and the importance of goal setting, including a walk through of examples, and an applied discussion on SMART goal setting. The interactive session will provide tools to help you effectively set goals for grant proposals.

4:40 – 4:50 Closing Remarks – Lisa Wilson

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